Preventing Trip Hazards at a Local Atlanta Day Care Center

GCS on Nov 12, 2019 1:45:33 PM

Preventing Trip Hazards at a Local Atlanta Day Care Center

Preventing Trip Hazards at a Local Atlanta Day Care CenterThe owner of a local Atlanta day care center recently began the process of converting a lot by their building into a multi-use play court (basketball, volleyball, etc).  The first order of business was to repair the sunken half of the slab.  The concrete was split down the middle and part of it was a few inches lower than the rest. Naturally, they considered this a safety issue and made the repair a top priority.

After doing some research, the day care owner called Ground Consolidation Services for an estimate.  We provided them with a free inspection and repair proposal.  On the day of the job, we injected Alchemy-Spetec's AP Lift 430 lifting foam underneath the sunken part of the slab.  This high-strength polyurethane expands and cures to a density that rivals crystalline bedrock.

As you can see from the before and after photos included with this blog, the sunken half of the slab was perfectly even with the other half after we completed the repair.  The day care owner was thrilled to have a safe and level surface as a basis for the planned play court.

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GCS General Manager Steve Taylor

GCS on Nov 6, 2019 2:30:38 PM

GCS General Manager Steve Taylor

GCS General Manager Steve Taylor

GCS General Manager Steve Taylor supervises crew members and manages customer relations for all of metro Atlanta.  He has worked in the construction industry for many years.  Before GCS, Steve was a supervisor for a major home remodeling contractor.  Steve is known for his responsive and considerate approach when working with property owners and managers.  His main concern is customer satisfaction and it shows in the feedback on his post-job surveys. 

Early in his career, Steve spent time as an audio engineer in the film industry.  He’s also a talented drummer. He lives in Marietta with his wife, son and daughter.

If you ever need to speak to Steve Taylor about a concrete repair issue, feel free to call his cell phone directly at 678-221-7387.

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GCS CEO Stephen C. Barton

GCS on Nov 1, 2019 11:36:43 AM

GCS CEO Stephen C. Barton

GCS CEO Stephen C. Barton

Ground Consolidation Services CEO & Co-Owner Stephen C. Barton has been at the forefront of the concrete repair industry for over 30 years. Running concrete repair crews in his teens, developing breakthrough polyurethane technology in his twenties and helping grow the market ever since, Mr. Barton has been a leader in the field for most of his life.

Stephen is also President and Co-Owner of Alchemy-Spetec, the premier manufacturer of high-strength polyurethane concrete repair resins in North America. Ground Consolidation Services uses these products exclusively to ensure durable and lasting repairs for your valuable properties.

Mr. Barton graduated from Auburn University with a Bachelor of Science, Business Administration. He also owned and operated a home building and land development business for 10 years. Mr. Barton lives in Atlanta with his wife Karin and their two daughters.

If you ever need to speak to the Ground Consolidation Services CEO, just call us at 678-337-8374 and ask for Stephen Barton!

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Increase Your Real Estate Property Value with Concrete Leveling

GCS on Oct 29, 2019 4:48:33 PM

Increase Your Real Estate Property Value with Concrete Leveling

Increase Your Real Estate Property Value with Concrete LevelingReal estate agents and homeowners alike are well advised to consider the condition of driveway, walkway, patio and pool deck slabs when prepping a property for sale.  Sunken slabs are an eyesore and a trip hazard.  Repair with high-strength polyurethane resin is very often less expensive than complete replacement.

Ground Consolidation Services provides free repair estimates.  Our best practices and warranty packages insure a durable and lasting repair.  We offer a complete set of geotech concrete repair services, including slab lifting, soil stabilization, void fill, and soil testing.

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Topics: Slab Lifting, All Posts, Soil Stabilization, Void Fill, Soil Testing

Leveling Sunken Driveway Slabs in Atlanta

GCS on Oct 24, 2019 4:16:44 PM

Leveling Sunken Driveway Slabs in Atlanta

Leveling Sunken Driveway Slabs in AtlantaIn most cases, sunken concrete driveway slabs should be repaired the moment you notice them. Settled concrete creates trip hazards for you and your family.  Sunken driveway concrete can damage your valuable vehicles.

Any time you notice these issues on your property, it's important to consider the possibility that deeper soil issues exist.  Sometimes settled concrete is a sign of dangerous voids underneath the slab.  In rare cases, a slab can cave in or completely collapse.

Ground Consolidation Services can perform extensive soil testing to determine the condition of the soil beneath your valuable structures.  When problems are found, we can fill dangerous voids, stabilize soil, and level slabs as needed with high-strength polyurethane foam.

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Topics: Slab Lifting, All Posts, Soil Stabilization, Void Fill, Soil Testing

The Deep Look Ground Penetrating Radar

GCS on Oct 22, 2019 3:46:52 PM

The Deep Look Ground Penetrating Radar

The Deep Look Ground Penetrating RadarThe Deep Look ground penetrating radar allows Ground Consolidation Services to see what's going on beneath your valuable structures.  If you have soil problems causing sinking or cracking in your concrete, call GCS for a GPR scan.  We can tell you exactly what's going on before doing any work.   As we mention on our Ground Penetrating Radar page...

The Deep Look wireless ground penetrating radar system uses a patent pending unique triple frequency antenna design to create the most accurate image possible of the area beneath your valuable structures. Conventional single frequency antenna GPR systems cannot deliver the same level of clarity. Ground Consolidation Services will use the Deep Look GPR to take remove all uncertainty and take the guesswork out of the diagnostic process. A crystal clear understanding of the problem provides the best foundation for accurate, durable and lasting repairs.

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Polyurethane Lifting vs Mudjacking

GCS on Oct 17, 2019 1:48:56 PM

Polyurethane Lifting vs Mudjacking

Polyurethane Lifting vs MudjackingIf you have a sunken slab on your property, you have a few options:

  1. Do nothing. If you choose this option, the problem will likely grow. And the longer you wait, the more expensive the repair.

  2. Replace the slab. The process will take a minimum of several days, is often messy, and is typically more expensive than repair.

  3. Lift the slab with cement grout. This procedure (known as "mudjacking”) requires heavy equipment, large drill holes and the use of weighty cement grout which may sink over time.

  4. Lift with high-strength polyurethane foam. This procedure uses light equipment and material, small drill holes and makes less of a mess.

So as far as repair choices go, you are looking at polyurethane lifting vs mudjacking.  Here at GCS, we use industry leading AP Lift Foam for a durable and lasting repair.  Here's an overview of the differences between AP Lift Foam and the cement grout used in mudjacking:



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Stabilizing Slabs to Prevent Trip Hazards in Storage Facilities

GCS on Oct 15, 2019 2:08:05 PM

Stabilizing Slabs to Prevent Trip Hazards in Storage FacilitiesOwn or manage a storage facility with concrete slabs? The last thing you want is sunken concrete creating trip hazards for your customers and employees. Reduce your risk with a concrete slab inspection from Ground Consolidation Services. Even if you don't notice any sunken slabs on your property, GCS can identify dangerous voids underneath your concrete with the Deep Look Ground Penetrating Radar system. Dangerous voids increase the chance of sinking or even catastrophic slab collapse.

Ground Consolidation Services lifts slabs and structures with high-strength polyurethane foam. We also use polyurethane to fill voids.

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Repairing Sunken Slabs in Convenience Store Parking Lots

GCS on Oct 10, 2019 10:00:00 AM

Repairing Sunken Slabs in Convenience Store Parking Lots

Repairing Sunken Slabs in Convenience Store Parking LotsSunken Slabs Pose a Threat

Sunken slabs in convenience store parking lots create the dual risk of damage to vehicles and injury to pedestrians. The last thing any convenience store owner wants is litigation due to neglect of a dangerous situation.

GCS Can Eliminate This Risk

Fortunately, if your parking lot is concrete (as opposed to asphalt), GCS can very likely eliminate these hazards quickly and efficiently. Concrete leveling with high-strength polyurethane foam is a fast, precise procedure that requires less downtime and less mess than the alternative repair methods of mudjacking or slab replacement. "Mudjacking" with cement grout requires heavy equipment and creates quite a mess compared to efficient polyurethane foam injection. Ripping out and replacing the concrete requires heavy equipment and lots of downtime. 

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Concrete Stabilization and Leveling on School/University Properties

GCS on Oct 8, 2019 10:00:00 AM

Concrete Stabilization and Leveling on School_University Properties

Concrete Stabilization and Leveling on School_University PropertiesWatch this recent video from a Brazilian news site.  Luckily, no one was seriously injured when a school floor collapsed beneath a room full of students.

The students and school administrators were lucky in this case, since everyone escaped unscathed for the most part.  Will you be as lucky if a similar incident occurs on your property?

On the "not-quite-so-urgent" front, we were recently contacted by a school in a nice Atlanta suburb. They were having issues with trip hazards on walkways throughout their campus due to sunken slabs. This issue still made the school vulnerable to lawsuits.

We used high-strength polyurethane foam to level all of these dangerous liability/injury risks.  It took us about two days to repair all the trip hazards on campus.

Do you have any similar issues on your property? Contact us at 678-337-8374 for a free repair estimate today!

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